Arts

Rewind: Review of “La La Land”

December 23, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is many wonderful things, but at its heart it’s a persistent balancing act between dozens of elements that should—by definition—cancel each other out. It’s a whirlwind Hollywood […]

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Rewind: Review of “Moana”

November 28, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley At this point, it can no longer be denied that we’re standing in a new golden age of Disney animation. These things happen in cycles. No one can dispute the classic era […]

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Rewind: Review of “Arrival”

November 11, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley There’s a wonderful sequence towards the end of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind­—a magical moment of pure cinema, in a movie that is full of them. A huge alien […]

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Rewind: Review of “Doctor Strange”

November 3, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley It begins so swimmingly. We open inside an ancient-looking Eastern temple, where a madman (Mads Mikkelsen) and his followers steal a mystical artifact. The scuffle that follows soon spills outside—not onto a […]

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